Questions tagged [stage-setup]

For questions related to setting up musical equipment on a stage or other live venue.

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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

I sing backups and play bass. Sometimes it's hard to hear my singing, and would like a stage monitor so I can hear my voice. I have a spare guitar amp. Can this be used as a vocal monitor? How would I ...
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Why can't a pop singer on stage, wearing earpieces, hear someone right next to her?

Please see . This is Tiffany Young singing Not Barbie, on her Lips on Lips tour in San Francisco, dated March 15 2019. As her fan (to her right) tries to speak to her, ...
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Connect an electronic drum kit to a powered speaker

I have a Behringer B112D (powered PA speaker) for my son's drum kit (a ddrum DD1Plus). The drum head has separate 1/4" jacks for output, L/mono and R (I'm assuming those are TS outputs?) and a 1/...
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Why are drum-kits put on risers on stage?

At a concert last night my wife asked me ‘why are rock band drum-kits often set up on a platform above all the other musicians?’ I speculated it may be about the drummer being able to see the rest of ...
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Connect a balanced mono output - to - an unbalanced stereo input?

I am looking at purchasing this line mixer: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=615108 Here is the manual: https://downloads.monoprice.com/files/manuals/615108_Manual_160818.pdf At the output ...
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Taking my own preset digital mixer to a live act - does it work or not?

I'm thinking of ways to ensure my band sounds great at every gig. I found a digital mixer called Behringer XR18, which is capable of setting up, saving, and restoring stage presets at a click of a ...
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Stage monitoring for drums - in ear and speakers combined

I am a drummer and I am using in-ear for live performances as monitoring. But sometimes I have problems with the cymbals mix which can get to really high frequencies during the performance (moments ...
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In-ear monitoring - will adding ambient mic help my monitor sound be less isolated

I'm an active church guitar player and I've been known about these IEMs for a long time but it wasn't until a few months ago I started using them. At first I was impressed how better you can hear the ...
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Complete setup for stage performances

I'm trying to make a setup for stage performances which will have singing/poetry/stand up comedy etc. I need suggestion on what all equipments will I need from scratch ? e.g., mic, speakers, the thing ...
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Inear wired monitor for drummers

I need an advice from someone that has experience with this kind of situations. I am drummer for a fast and loud band. In our last tour I experienced locations with good and bad sound. I have a ...
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Why if tons of polyphony are not necessary, many brands claim that to more polyphony better samples (sounds)?

It's true. Hundred times I heard about the polyphony is gravital to experience top end sounds in professional keyboards. It is not only a matter of how many keys you are playing at the same time but, ...
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How to connect this setup, i don't want to blow up something. (RCA to TS) Please advise

In order to be more precise with this application, I will explain you the exact set up im aiming for. I have an old dj mixer, the NUMARK DM1050, picking up dust for the past 1 year, and I recently ...
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How do I curtail the reverberation in my church

My church sits about 2500, normally we had drapes on stage and behind stage to help absorb the sound but then the ceilings were not in place, I gave specifications to my boss to use perforated ...
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What are the applications of taking the output of an amp with a microphone?

Last Saturday I attended Skinny Living concert in Cologne, and some stage setup puzzled me. What is the purpose of taking the output of an amp with a microphone, such as on this picture? The venue ...
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Live Loop Setup with Keyboard, Guitar and Mic with Boss RC-300

I'm in the process of setting up a live looping setup, I want to use my vocals, guitar, midi/controller keyboard (controller sounds triggered with a DAW such as FL Studio or Logic). I was hoping ...
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Playing concert barefoot

I usually play electric guitar barefoot during my rehearsal,I feel more comfortable and it's easy to maneuver the pedals this way, and it's never been a problem. But in shows, I always been using ...
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Connecting two mixers

I'm piggy-backing off "Can I daisy chain two mixers together for more input channels". In that question, I read that I can do that, so long as the submixer is going into the powered mixer through RCA ...
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Stage monitoring for guitarists

I am a guitarist in a band and want to start using an active wedge monitor, as I sometimes struggle to hear what I am playing. I am wondering if I can just use a mic on my cabinet and run it direct ...
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Connecting audio interface to mixer

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and a Yamaha MG16/6FX mixer and I am considering to use the Scarlett 2i2 as an interface to a condenser microphone (to be recorded using the USB out). ...
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Can I daisy chain two mixers together to create more input channels (a sub mixer)?

Last week in a live show I had some guest singers join me on stage for additional harmony and I had maxed out my mic channels and could not add another microphone. I love my powered mixer and don't ...
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TS vs TRS cables to connect mixer to audio interface

I understand that TS cables are mono and TRS cables are capable of delivering a stereo signal. However, if a jack supports TRS, could I still run a TS cable to it (and if so, what happens), and if a ...
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2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality

Two-channel Stereo sound can be provided by two Mono cables, or a single Stereo cable. What differences, whether significant or not, are there between pairing each voltage lead with its own ground ...
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IEM, 3.5 and 6.35 jacks - Only get left ear when plugged fully in

I am using a vocal and guitar processor in one. The headphone out is not loud enough so I am using a small amplifier (for 4 sets of headphones). Problem is, I only get a left ear unless I remove the ...
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Pros & cons of in-ear monitors (IEM)

I've seen a few answers to questons 'around' monitors suggesting that in-ear monitors have good and bad points and are good for some musicians but not others - eg good for drums, not good for bassists....
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How does phantom power work?

I've set up stage monitors that only took 1/4" cables as input, and I took it for granted that they just worked until I realized they did not plug in to the stage's power source. Eventually I learned ...
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